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Published on November 22nd, 2012 | by john.weir

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New Zealand Working Holidays get a boost

A new quota of IEP* Work Exchange Visas, which allow British or Irish citizens aged between 18 and 35 years to live and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, will be available exclusively through the work and volunteer abroad expert, BUNAC, in January 2013.

Unlike the regular Working Holiday Visa, which is for 18 to 30 year olds only, the IEP is open to applicants up to the age of 35, providing an ideal opportunity for those who thought it was too late for a gap year Down Under.

In addition to providing assistance with visa applications, BUNAC offers expert work and travel advice as part of its Work New Zealand Essentials package.  This also includes a range of exclusive discounts on tours, Lonely Planet guidebooks and VIP Backpackers’ annual membership.

What’s more, on arrival in Auckland, participants on the Work New Zealand programme receive comprehensive orientation, unbeatable job hunting advice and access to an exclusive online jobs database.  This features numerous vacancies in office and admin jobs, hospitality placements such as chefs, kitchen hands, baristas and front of house, as well as housekeeping and cleaning roles and child care positions.  Plus guidance is also available regarding travel arrangements, banking and taxation, finding accommodation and social events.

An IEP visa is only available once in a lifetime, and eligibility is not affected if an applicant has already travelled to New Zealand using the standard Working Holiday Visa.  Likewise, it will not affect those who decide to apply for a Working Holiday Visa in the future.

A limited number of IEP visas will be made available in January and allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so it’s advisable to start planning now.  The cost of the visa is £165 including a £30 administration fee, while the Work New Zealand Essentials package is £324.

And, for those who would like to get off to the perfect start by travelling on one of BUNAC’s monthly group flights, offering the opportunity to meet like-minded people and create a ready-made social network before even setting foot in New Zealand, prices start from £999 one way.

For further information, visit http://www.bunac.org.uk/worknewzealand or telephone 020 7553 6180.

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